1½ shots (40ml) blended scotch (light, although something bolder with a hint of smoke makes a brilliantly deeper version)
2 teaspoons Cointreau
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar syrup
3 mint leaves
4 dashes absinthe
1 dash Angostura bitters
cubed ice
chilled soda, to finish
lemon, to garnish

Although this might sound full-on for brunch (especially if you’re hungover), trust me: as a pick-me-up The Braver punts a Bloody Mary firmly out of the park. It’s similar to the scotch classic Morning Glory Fizz, and it’s bright and pleasingly complex. There are a fair few ingredients in the mix, and shaking drinks for a group might be the last thing you feel like doing in the morning, but it’s worth it. It’s also a great example of the magic of absinthe in cocktails. Don’t be put off: absinthe lifts drinks in a wonderfully stimulating and ‘green’ way. A good tip is to buy a small bottle of absinthe and decant it into a dropper or spray bottle (a little goes a long way).

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1.Using a peeler, remove a long ‘horse’s neck’ (a full strip from round the whole fruit) of lemon peel and set aside.
2.Add everything else to a shaker (except the soda) and shake hard with ice.
3.Double strain over fresh cubed ice into a small highball glass.
4.Top with soda and garnish with the long piece of lemon peel.
5.Drink immediately and enjoy the revitalising effects!

This is an edited extract
from Mr Lyan’s Cocktails
at Home: Good Things to
Drink with Friends by Ryan
Chetiyawardana, White
Lion Publishing, Images
© Kim Lightbody.